In Memoriam:

Sadly, the Central Erie County Paramedic Association has recently lost two long-time members: Dr. Paul A. Kohut and Paramedic Joyce E. Berry.   Gone, but not forgotten, the surviving members of the Central Erie County Paramedic Association will endeavor to honor their memory.

Dr. Paul A. Kohut

Dr. Paul A. Kohut, 55, of McKean, died Saturday, November 12, 2016 at St. Vincent's Hospital.

Paul was born in Erie on May 21, 1961 to Afton and Norma (Forinash) Kohut. After graduation from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1990, he became board certified in family practice and emergency medicine. From there he went on to practice family medicine in Albion, PA for many years. Emergency medicine was one of Dr. Kohut’s greatest passions, having been elected as a Fellow by the American Academy of Emergency Physicians (AAEP) as recently as June of this year. He previously served as the Emergency Medical Director of Millcreek Community Hospital and Corry Memorial Hospital. In keeping with his devotion to emergency services, Dr. Kohut was extensively involved with numerous paramedic units in the area, acting as Medical Director for several, including Millcreek Paramedic Services, the Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department, the McKean Hose Co., and the Central Erie Co. Paramedics Association (CECPA).

Paul is survived by his beloved, Megan Andrews, and her son, Austin Stein of Erie; a sister, Pearl (William) Schmidt of Albion; a nephew, Michael (Melanie) Schmidt; a niece, Lisa Schmidt; and many wonderful friends whom Paul considered to be part of his family.

Calling hours were held at the Glunt Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 210 Erie Street, Edinboro, on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 from 2 to 8 p.m with a Panihida (prayer service) held at 1:30 p.m. and a Masonic service held at 7:45 p.m. A Funeral Mass was held at Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, 25636 N. Mosiertown Rd., Crossingville, on Friday at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Father Daniel Mathewson officiating.

Burial was in Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery.

Paramedic Joyce E. Berry

Joyce Berry, 79, of Edinboro, died Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Crawford County Care Center. She was born in Sharon, PA on Sept. 18, 1937, the daughter of the late John and Laura (Wilson) Reeher.

Joyce graduated from Greenville High School, then went on to Thiel College where she earned her BS and MA in physics, concluding her studies there in 1966. She played cello and sang in the choir at Thiel. Joyce was the first woman to earn an MA in Physics from Theil.

Joyce had a long teaching career. She taught high school science at Reynolds and Hickory school districts and subsequently taught physics at Edinboro University. Her teaching career at Edinboro spanned 32 years.

Joyce was a founding member of the Franklin Twp. Vol. Fire Department and former chief of that organization. Her knowledge of science and teaching allowed Joyce to translate principles of hydraulics and fire science into plain English. Joyce worked for 30 years as paramedic #14 for the Central Erie County Paramedics Association and West County Paramedics Association.

She was a very active member of the St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Waterford where she played the piano, she was the church treasurer, a Sunday school teacher, and a lay reader.

She enjoyed riding horses and tutoring refugees. To keep fit she studied karate and eventually earned a black belt.

Joyce touched many lives throughout her lifetime. In her life she demonstrated that a person’s love of other people is a great strength, a wonderful blessing, and never a weakness,

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert H. Berry, Jr.

Survivors include by her two sons, Robert "Buck" (Debbi) Berry of Virginia, and Michael (Marti) Berry of Edinboro; two daughters, Ruth (Robert) Orton of Cambridge Springs, and Margaret "Meg (Tim) LeSuer of Edinboro; three brothers; Dr. John (Linda) Reeher of NY, Dr. George Reeher of Greenville; and Walter (Georgellen) Reeher of Jamestown, PA; 5 grandchildren, Joe (Mihwa) Johnson, Ron (Carly) Berry, Patrick (Lori) Berry, Shawn (Amanda) LeSuer and Katie (Albert) Childs; seven great-grandchildren, Joey, Abagail, Hannah, Hazel, Hunter, Julia and Izzy.

Friends may call at the Glunt Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 210 Erie Street, Edinboro, on Monday, June 12, 2017 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 100 E. 3^rd St, Waterford, PA at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Norman Field officiating.

Micheal McCabe,
Jun 10, 2017, 4:03 AM
Micheal McCabe,
Jun 10, 2017, 4:07 AM